Anne-Allegra Bennett is originally from Eugene, OR, where she grew up studying in an intense, but highly rewarding French Immersion academic program from the age of six, through the end of high school, while also training in the arts. She graduated from the University of Oregon with a B.A. in dance focused on technical production and dance performance. She also received a minor in theater arts, and a certificate in film studies. A great honor was being presented with the School of Music and Dance "Dean's Outstanding Dance Service Award" at the department graduation ceremony for her dedication and focus to her dance studies.
Anne-Allegra danced with the UofO Repertory Dance Company, performing the choreography of the resident dance faculty, as well as in a piece by guest choreographer Gabriel Masson, and in works by distinguished alums Barry McNabb and Tiffany Mills. In addition to performing in college, she teched productions in the surrounding community, and in the UofO dance department under the technical direction of Jenifer Craig. She served on tech crews as a stage manager, a light board operator (ETC console), lighting designer, and backstage crew. Further technical production experience was gained while interning at Bates Dance Festival in Lewiston, ME for a summer. After moving to NY, Anne-Allegra worked for The American Tap Dance Foundation as an assistant stage manager, and as a backstage crew member.
New York performance highlights include tapping in Ernest “Brownie” Brown's "Old Man Time" tap piece at Symphony Space; dancing in musical theater pieces in The Choreographer’s Canvas, and The New York Jazz Choreography Project; singing with the NAAP Broadway Community Chorus at the St. Regis Hotel, and in "A Marvelous Night with Noël & Cole" at the DiMenna Arts Center (with special guest Tammy Grimes).
Anne-Allegra was an intern at Broadway Dance Center, The American Tap Dance Foundation (both as a dancer and in technical production), with Tradition in Tap (now The Big Apple Tap Festival), and is currently The Assistant to the Director of Group Programs at Steps on Broadway. She has performed at promotional events choreographed by Jim Cooney for Office Max’s "Elf Yourself" campaign, Glamour magazine’s flash mob for Fashion Week, and Anjellicle Cats Rescue. She is an original member of Crystal Chapman’s "New York Theatre Dance Ensemble," is a member of Joel and Inga Gerson's company "The Zany Theater Projects," and was an apprentice as a tapper with the fusion tap/jazz company "Undertoe Dance Project." She was on faculty for three years in the Children and Teen Program at Broadway Dance Center teaching musical theater. She is currently on faculty teaching musical theater at The Dancer's Edge in Allendale, NJ.
Current training includes dance classes at Ballet Arts, Broadway Dance Center, Steps on Broadway, and at various workshops throughout the year. She currently studies with Lisa Biagini, Crystal Chapman, Danny Gardner, Ray Hesselink, Dawn Hillen, Dorit Koppel, Diane Laurenson, John Vincent Leggio, Lesley and Patricia Lockery, Dana Moore, Lainie Munro, Mimi Quillin, Stephen Reed, Bob Richard, Carol Schuberg, and Richard Stafford. She is studying voice with Jan Horvath, and previously monologue coaching with Valerie Kingston. Recent studies include classes in theatrical clowning (Movement Theater Studio); a basic voiceover workshop (Karen Huie); Acting I (Martin Van Treuren), Script Analysis (Seth Barrish), and The Alexander Technique (Belinda Mello) at The Barrow Group. Anne-Allegra writes for Steps on Broadway's blog site "On The Beat," and for the theatrical review site "Center on the Aisle." She has also written for "Playbill.com."
With her current studies comes a strong interest in all arts, with great enthusiasm for musical theater, technical production, MGM musicals and Fosse styles of dance, and films of the Golden Age of Hollywood. A goal is to never stop learning, to always find the joy and passion in the arts, and to bring them to life throughout this exciting journey of exploration.